Excerpt: Mashed was widely considered by many to be one of the best multiplayer games ever released, when the game hit the PS2 back in 2004. Lots of people begged for a sequel, although it sadly never happened, but Wrecked: Revenge Revisited , developer Supersonic Software’s latest game, is definitely what you could call a spiritual successor to the 2004 game. Wrecked: Revenge Revisited takes the familiar approach to such a game.
Conclusion: If this review has come off as harsh, that’s because this game honestly just isn’t very good. I was a massive fan of Micro Machines on the N64, and to learn that the people who made that are still in the industry is great, but to find out that this is what they’ve done with themselves is like finding out that John Lennon is alive after all, and is playing backing guitar for Justin Bieber’s new collaboration with the cast of Glee and Nicki Minaj .
Excerpt: If there is one weakness I have when it comes to racing games, it is the top-down variety. I was a huge fan of the Micro Machines series on the original PlayStation. Now, anytime I see a game...
Pros: + Multiplayer can be fun, + Combat is satisfying
Cons: Camera is sporadic at best, Single player is simply challenges, Tracks lack variety
Excerpt: There aren’t many classic video game franchises that can entice non-gamers to play. Aside from the Mario series and the rhythm genre it’s difficult to pull in observers. In my University days, Mario Kart fulfilled such a role, after tiring of that I looked for something new to entertain and thought “let’s get mashed”.
Excerpt: Cruising through a jungle temple or arctic outpost while flinging explosives — sounds fun, right? By all rights, it should be. Too bad Wrecked sabotages itself at every turn. Simple offline challenges prepare you for the modest demands of online racing: you’ll drop mines in target circles, blow up opponents with missiles, and outrun bots with a jackknife-happy caravan in tow.
Pros: + Decent scenery; a few fun solo challenges; multiplayer air strikes; decorative unlockables.
Cons: ? Who thought hitting the brakes to trigger boosts was a good idea?
Conclusion: Some reasonable (if borrowed) ideas fail to shine through the mire of an utterly broken camera, a lack of content and a completely un-fun multiplayer mode. Even if a kind of morbid curiosity draws you towards this one, we'd recommend against it.
Excerpt: When I was a kid I used to enjoy playing Micro Machines 2 with a few friends of mine. We’d gather together at the guy’s house – he owned the Mega Drive version that had a weird feature allowing you to plug joypads into the game cart itself – and get down to some four player sessions on the miniature top down arcade racer.
Summary: Wrecked’s essentialness is entirely dependent on how you intend to play it: if you want to play on your lonesome, it’s not really worth it. Playing it online is worth a punt, but playing offline with friends, the way it was intended to be, is one of the greatest multiplayer experiences to be found in gaming. Along with Denki’s Quarrel and Monolith’s Gotham City Imposter, Supersonic has proven that 2012 is the year of the download.